Those who have read our previous article On Martinis may recall that what many people refer to as a Vodka Martini is in fact properly known as a Kangaroo. (If it doesn’t consist of some ratio of gin and dry vermouth, it’s not a Martini.) But just because the Kangaroo is a commonly misnamed drink, doesn’t make it a bad drink.
Now, I have no idea why this cocktail was dubbed the Kangaroo, but I do have a theory. When the British arrived in Australia around 1770 they asked the Aboriginals, “I say, what on Earth is that odd looking creature over there?” (or something to that effect), to which the response was “kangaroo.” As it turns out though, “kangaroo” is really just the Aboriginal phrase for “I don’t know what you’re saying,” which, incidentally, should also be your response when someone asks you for a Vodka Martini.
3 oz Vodka
1 oz Dry Vermouth
Garnish with a twist of lemon or a cocktail olive
Because the Kangaroo lacks the juniper and citrus flavors that gin contributes to a Martini, the vermouth very much dominates this drink. For a more balanced cocktail, you may want to go drier and bring the vermouth down to 1 tablespoon.